High cost of speeding justified for risk to life
The fine should be higher Too much speeding Sliding scale idea Ridiculous charge Readers think £100 fines are acceptable
Danny King Pat McLaughlin Robert McLintock Hugh McLaughlin
A proposal to change the punishment for drivers who break the law by speeding has been challenged by Wishaw Press readers.
Police Scotland are considering giving speeding motorists a written warning instead of a ticket if caught over the limit in 20 and 30mph zones.
That warning would expire after three months if no further speeding offences were committed.
The current punishment for anyone caught speeding is a minimum £100 and three points.
Danny King, a security worker from Wishaw, believes drivers already get away with speeding too lightly.
He said: “I think the fine should be more. That’s the only way to stop people speeding.
“There should be more cameras up and they should make the punishment stronger. There’s a danger to life when people speed.”
Robert McLintock, from Wishaw, believes drivers should pay on a sliding scale for how far over the limit they were.
He said: “It (a £100 fine) is not enough if they are speeding drastically. You see some people going like a bat out of hell. There should be a different cost for how fast you’re going, as speeding over 70 is different to over 30.”
Hugh McLaughlin, from Cambusnethen, said: “I think it’s ridiculous to charge that much. We used to live in South Africa and there was a scale where you paid more depending on how far over you were.”
Pat McLaughlin added: “There’s a lot of people speeding nowadays. People should know the limits.”